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Aliyah Israel Arise Return
Rivers into Roadways
By Craig C. White
The Hebrew word Aliyah literally means ascent. Aliyah is the immigration of Jews to the Land of Israel. Many Jews are returning to Israel today. Many of them are escaping persecution. The bible talks about a returning of the Jews to Israel but the current migration isn’t a return for blessing. Jews returning to Israel today are in danger of enduring a coming great tribulation. One day Jesus Christ will personally gather the Jewish people back to the land of Israel. Then they will live in peace forever with their God. When Jesus returns to earth after the tribulation, Jews will be raised from the dead and return to the land of Israel by the hundreds of millions. To accommodate all those travelers God will provide a highway from Egypt to Northern Iraq. God will also make some improvements along the way. This Aliyah is going to be first rate!
Isaiah chapter 19 is about Egypt during the time period after Jesus returns to earth. It is a fascinating read. Egypt will be ruled by a cruel leader and will suffer greatly. Eventually Egypt will turn to Jesus and their nation will be healed. They will serve the Lord along with Assyria. The Assyrian empire was headquartered in the city of Nineveh. Nineveh today is in northern Iraq. Traces of Its walls can still be seen today. In the days after the tribulation there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria.
Isa 19:23 In that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians shall serve with the Assyrians.
Guess what? There is a highway from Egypt to Assyria today! As a matter of fact there are several. So it seems to me that we are prepared for the return of Jesus Christ.
Yup, there are highways from Egypt to Assyria. However, during the final Aliyah they will be under further construction.
When Jesus returns he will raise the dead to life! At that time all faithful persons of ancient Israel will be resurrected (Dan 12:13)! Many of them were scattered to other countries so they will need to be brought back to their own land. The ancient Jews will Aliyah from the grave and Aliyah back to their land.
Isa 11:11-12 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. 12 And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.
Note: In Isaiah 11:11-12 (above) Assyria is northern Iraq, Egypt is the Sinai peninsula, Pathros is upper Egypt, Cush is Ethiopia, Elam is Iran, Shinar is southern Iraq, and Hamath means citadel (see the citadel at Shushan, or modern Shush in western Iran). I think it refers to Israel’s captivity under Persia (Iran). Remember some Jews remained under captivity after Babylon was conquered by the Medes and Persians; including Daniel the prophet.
The nation of Israel was taken captive first in Egypt, then Assyria, and then Babylon. Of course they have also been dispersed into all corners of the world. Well, God wants them back. Jesus will raise-up these captives and bring them back to the land of Israel! To do this he will need to make some improvements to the roadways. How are ya gonna Aliyah without a good road?
Isa 11:15-16 And the LORD shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea; and with his mighty wind shall he shake his hand over the river, and shall smite it in the seven streams, and make men go over dryshod. 16 And there shall be an highway for the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria; like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt.
God prepares a highway for the resurrected Hebrews to return to Israel. In Isaiah (above) Jesus dries up the Gulf of Aqaba on the Red Sea (that is the tongue of the Egyptian sea)! He will also dry up the Nile, Euphrates, and Tigris rivers in order to make a way to cross over them. Won’t that be nice for the ancient captives? One day they will be raised from the dead, and the next day they will be crossing the Red Sea just like Moses did! That sounds like a fun packed weekend. Drying up rivers seems to be God’s preferred method of Aliyah. By the way Moses will only need to cross the Jordan River on that day (unless God has other plans for him [Rev 11:3-7]). Moses was buried in today’s Jordan, just east of Israel (Deu 34:6).
Here are some more verses about turning rivers into roadways.
Isa 27:12-13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall beat off from the channel of the river unto the stream of Egypt, and ye shall be gathered one by one, O ye children of Israel. 13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the LORD in the holy mount at Jerusalem.
In Zechariah (below) “the pride of Assyria” is the Tigris River, and “the sceptre of Egypt” is the Nile River. God will gather the ancient Jewish captives to southwestern Syria (Gilead) and Lebanon until there is no more room! I am guessing that the highway described in Isa 19:23 (at the top of this commentary)runs from Egypt near Gaza, up the Mediterranean coast through Israel, into Lebanon, then turns due east through Syria, and runs all the way to Nineveh in northern Iraq.That’s my guess, you had better check with AAA before making the trip!
Zec 10:10-12 I will bring them again also out of the land of Egypt, and gather them out of Assyria; and I will bring them into the land of Gilead and Lebanon; and place shall not be found for them. 11 And he shall pass through the sea with affliction, and shall smite the waves in the sea, and all the deeps of the river shall dry up: and the pride of Assyria shall be brought down, and the sceptre of Egypt shall depart away. 12 And I will strengthen them in the LORD; and they shall walk up and down in his name, saith the LORD.
Jeremiah chapter 31 (below) is written to the northern kingdom of Israel which was taken captive to Assyria. The northern kingdom was headquartered in the land of the tribe of Ephraim in Samaria, north of Jerusalem. Jeremiah speaks of Israel and Ephraim in chapter 31; the Hebrew captives of Assyria have been raised from the dead and are walking back to Israel. In the verse below “waymarks” and “high heaps” are road markers. The Aliyah highway wouldn’t be complete without street signs!
Jer 31:21 Set thee up waymarks, make thee high heaps: set thine heart toward the highway, even the way which thou wentest: turn again, O virgin of Israel, turn again to these thy cities.
God will prepare the way for Israel to return (Aliyah) to their land. Even so Aliyah Israel. Arise, Return!